The Top 5 Colorado Westerns to Watch this Year

Dec 31, 2016

During the snowy, early-sunset winter season, watching movies with family and friends is one of most enjoyable ways to snuggle in and be entertained. Many wonderful western movies, set in the beautiful state of Colorado, should top your list of must-see films this year. Get the popcorn popping and settle in for these classics. This experience is made all the more enjoyable from your own Colorado ranch.

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The Cowboys

This film, released in 1972, stars John Wayne as a rancher who hires a group of boys to help him drive his cattle to market. Set just outside of Pagosa Springs, adjacent to the largest wilderness area in Colorado, the movie showcases the beautiful Colorado vistas and how, by working together, you can overcome any obstacle in your path.

Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid

Released in 1969, the film stars Paul Newman and Robert Redford. This great American western, full of action, follows Butch and Sundance as they try to outrun the law. The filmmakers chose Animas River Gorge and the San Juan National Forest as the backdrop for this film. Fast-paced horse riding through the Colorado canyons and across the rivers -- combined with the strength of friendship -- makes this a film that you'll want to watch over and over.

True Grit

This film, released in 1969, is another great John Wayne movie. Wayne plays U.S. Marshal Rooster Cogburn who's hired by a young woman to track down the man who killed her father. Filmed in Ouray & Ridgway Colorado, this film shows off the gorgeous forested mountains in the area.

How the West Was Won

Released in 1962 and starring John Ford, this film is an epic western, which follows several generations of one family as they travel across the country. They filmed parts of this movie in Durango, Colorado, which still contains many beautiful and historic buildings. This film is now considered a true classic with its panoramic views of the stunning Colorado landscape.

The Searchers

This film, released in 1956, stars John Wayne as a Civil War veteran who's searching for his kidnapped niece. Many people consider this movie as one of the best westerns ever made. Filmed in Gunnison -- which is known for its great fishing, hiking, and biking activities -- you'll fall in love with Colorado after watching this film.

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For more information about Colorado and the ranching lifestyle, contact us today. We buy and sell luxury ranches in the American West that offer magnificent water and mountain views, with wide open spaces that you and your family will treasure for generations.

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